Astronomer Heino Falcke appointed new member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Astronomer Heino Falcke appointed new member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and SciencesClick here for a high res image. Klik hier voor een hoge resolutie foto.Heino Falcke (Radboud University of Nijmegen and ASTRON) investigates the nature of black holes and the gas jets in their vicinity. His research combines astrophysics and particle physics. Using concrete observations, he confirmed his theory that high-energy cosmic radiation is detectable using the LOFAR radio telescope. He recently developed the theory that it must be possible to detect a ‘shadow' of a black hole using radio frequencies, and plans to test it experimentally.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected seventeen new members. Academy members are prominent researchers active in all the disciplines. New members are nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy. The Academy has approximately five hundred members, divided between its Humanities and Social Sciences Division and its Science Division. Members are appointed for life. The new members will be installed on Monday 8 September 2014 at the Trippenhuis Building, the Academy's headquarters.
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